Celebrate With Us
Readers should post their “Book Spine Poems” on social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) using the hashtag #FamilyReadathon and tagging the Library Foundation and BookSpring. The top posts will be eligible for special prizes! Posts will be judged based on the quality of the poems they create. Be imaginative and have fun! The contest closes at 11:59 PM on February 17, 2021, a week after the Readathon reading period ends. We will repost and share your creativity to help promote the Readathon and cheer on Readathoners!
How to Participate
Book spine poetry is considered “found” poetry. That means it is a poem made using words from other sources. You, the poet, aren’t writing the words, trying to fit a form, or looking for words that rhyme. Instead, you are going on a hunt for language and arranging books so their titles to create a poem.
Okay, ready to make your own book spine poem? Let’s do it!
Step 1: First, you’ll go on a hunt for language by finding books from around your house or from your local library.
Step 2: Next, write down any titles that look interesting to you. Don’t write down every book on the shelf, that would take you all day! Instead, select your favorite 10-20 titles. As you write down the titles, you might notice that some of the titles seem to go together or begin to tell a story.
Step 3: Once you’ve selected some titles that go together well, take those books and begin stacking them so that the book spines can be read from top to bottom. You can change the order as you go in order to find a flow that works best for your poem. If there’s a missing idea or “line,” you might want to go back to a shelf to look for another title that would be the perfect fit.
Step 4: Snap a photo of your Book Spine Poetry creation and post to Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Be sure to tag BookSpring and the Library Foundation and use the hashtag #FamilyReadathon! Please post by 11:59 PM on February 10, 2021, the last day of the Family Readathon, in order to be considered for prizes. By tagging The Library Foundation and BookSpring, you agree to have your entry shared and re-posted. All posts must be public in order to be shared and reposted.
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